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800 Dogs in Triple Wide Trailer! And Other News

The good news is, they weren't Great Danes. They were just small dogs. But there were still 800 of them, which is a canine catastrophe, particularly when you add the EIGHTY-TWO PARROTS. More here.

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I'm at National trying to get on a flight to Florida. But it is overbooked, and three seats are broken so they bumped those passengers. I am not saying I'm desperate to get to sunny Florida but I'm willing to travel in a dog crate in the cargo hold. I will literally wing it if necessary, provided they strap me on tightly.

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Looks like an interesting day ahead on Wall Street.

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By Joel Achenbach  |  March 17, 2008; 8:13 AM ET
 
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bc

Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

This story re. the trailer full of dogs and parrots - I'm speechless.

I probably shouldn't be, though, as terrible as that story is.

I can see the relevance of this Kit, considering Joel's about to cram himself on an overbooked airliner with several hundred other humans and all...

1. Joel has some choice in the matter...
2. Joel's paying for the privilege...
3. It's likely that a reasonable percentage of those crammed onto that airliner are housebroken.

The jury's still out on the quality and availbility of food.

Sometimes the human capacity for cruelty - intentional or not - is breathtaking.

bc


Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

What's the big deal with going to Florida? I lived there for three years, in Homestead. It was nice enough, but I can't see being strapped to the wing of an airplane to go back there.

Posted by: Don from I-270 | March 17, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Not to be critical, but the 2nd link isn't working.

Posted by: dbG | March 17, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Meant to add - I see that the Fed's weekend work (that I pointed out in the previous Boodle) isn't really helping at this point. I wonder if their dropping the rates at the next Fed meeting (Tuesday?) will do anything to help.

If the economy does not turn around quickly and completely, is McCain's candidacy doomed?

bc

Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

bc, can we hope that will be the case? And that the economy will come roaring back after January 20, 2009?

Posted by: slyness | March 17, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

3 Lord

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

dBG, they all worked for me...

On a complete side note, I *was* happy to see Hamilton win that amazingly chaoitc Oz GP yesterday (7 finishers out of 22 starters - the tow trucks were kept quite busy). My man-crush on Lewis H. continues unabated.

bc

Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I live with 2 dogs and sometimes I feel crowded. Mind you that makes about 200lbs of dog. 800 dogs, even small ones, ouch.
The were certainly running a carefully considered breeding program. Thankfully, I've heard that the Pomeranian Crested Lhapsahuahua makes a great lap dog.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | March 17, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

slyness, one would hope that the economy will perk up in November after the General Elections, heading into the Holidays...

I wonder if GW Bush is still concerned about his Presidential Legacy and how history is going to remember him?

He took office of the world's leading economic, political, and military power and are likely to leave it looking like the Faber College Delta House after the Toga Party.

bc

Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Fed already did their rate drop. As best as this biologist can tell, James Grant's column in today's Post is a fine explanation of what's up.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/14/AR2008031403318.html

Looks like the dollar's sixty-year run as the world's currency is diminishing, if not quite ending. I suppose the next big movie will show the bad guys with suitcases full of Euros.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 17, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

bc, David Coulthard got nominated for my quote of the week after the race:
(speaking of Felipe Masa)
"If I don't get an apology, I will kick ten colours of s*** out of the little b******,".

Posted by: shrieking denizen | March 17, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

At least the trailer with dogs was somewhere other than Florida. The trailer's air conditioning must have been working.

We need to work on getting people to hoard coleus plants, orchids, palms, day lilies, whatever. My side yard makes me look like a coontie hoarder--potted plants waiting for their new bed next to the patio.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 17, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

But at least the Faber College Delta House Toga Party was FUN.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 17, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I can't even begin to imagine how loud it would have been living with all those dogs and parrots, am I am purposely trying not to think about the smell. Hopefully the dogs will all get good homes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day all, beautiful and sunny here again, just a tad cool. Snow melt is going well, we are down about 1 foot with maybe another foot to go, the snow hills, mounds, piles from the shovelling/plowing will take much longer. I did see some of my bulbs peaking throught he ground in the few spots where the snow had melt entirely.

I have one dog, on the weekend I began the annual spring yard clean up - this takes time as there is a lot of snow and you have to clean as it thaws. 800 dogs to clean up after I am thinking would leave as much mess in one day as my dog would in the course of a few months of winter weather.

Fun link for today, a cubicle contest. I like the comments even better, interesting to read the different reactions to the contest.

http://lifehacker.com/367173/coolest-cubicle-contest-part-three

Posted by: dmd | March 17, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Dave, I expect that if things don't turn quickly, the Fed will do another rate drop this week.

I think Wall St.'s already expecting it.

sd, Couthard's always good for a colourful (ahem) quote. I saw that one and had a good chuckle, and I think Felipe's going to spend the next week before the Malasian GP hiding from DC, even though IMO DC was in the wrong there.

bc

Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Morning boodle! Steel gray sky this morning and predictions of either a trace of snow, 2-4 inches of snow, or freezing rain tonight. I'm all for the 2-4 inches, best for overcoming our water deficit from two years of drought without causing too much grief.


St. Pats, big deal. We had our annual St. Urho's day parade on Saturday afternoon, right after the annual Perch Jerker ice fishing contest (biggest prize to the smallest fish). Not a single perch was caught all day, but the fire department still raised a lot of money.

St. Urho drove all the grasshoppers from Finland, which I'm sure all boodlers already knew. Who can forget those fearsome words "Grasshoppers, grasshoppers, from here go away?"

You wear purple and green and drink purple beer. We also have a fish chowder (kala moiiaka) contest and eat grasshopper pie (a sticky sweet creme de menthe, marshmallow, whipped cream concoction).
The parade was at least twice as big as last year, with 3 floats, 2 fire trucks, 2 "marching units" as well as a drummer and a bagpiper. It starts at the garage/beauty salon (yes they are in the same building, but no the mechanic doesn't do hair)and ends at the bar/restaurant/motel/laundromat next door. I was standing next to the two deputies who were controlling traffic on the state highway parade route as they both marveled that such a thing would be allowed on a state highway (obviously not local guys). By the end of the parade we had a line of 10 northbound vehicles and 5 southbound waiting to pass. They all honked and waved when they were allowed to proceed so I don't think we'll get any complaints.

St. Urho's exploits were "discovered" in the '50s and he's been boosting tourism in a slow month ever since.

Posted by: frostbitten | March 17, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Happy St. Patrick's Day, all.

I hung my green shirt out last night so I wouldn't have to think this morning.

k-guy, I have no doubt the Arbusto Administration *is* fun if you work there.
Like Nero's.
They might have nice long skewers for hot dogs and marshmallows in the WH cafeteria (and rolls, condiments, and S'mores fixin's), for cooking over stacks of memos and other documentation.

bc

Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

DotC-I think you're on to something with your hoarding alternatives. It's just as easy to become obsessed with plants as dogs or cats, and less distressing for all concerned when mental stability slips.

Our Tampa across the street neighbor left her home of 50+ years for a nursing home and it doesn't look like she'll be back. Happily she left dozens and dozens of azaleas, which were in their full glory two weeks ago, instead of dozens and dozens of pets.

Posted by: frostbitten | March 17, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. I've still got a lot of backboodling to do, but until I do, I thought I'd drop in and say Happy St. patrick's Day to all you who are...um...Patrician? Patrical? Well, whatever. There's a fine old Gaelic saying which covers this situation: "Tulibu dibu douchoo ken leee meju more." Which means something like "May the wind always blow up your trouser leg." Or something like that (I got the translation from Babelfish, so there may be an element of uncertainty in the translation). You know how Irish sayings are.


Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 17, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Mudge! I've missed you! Are you going to get the home Internet connection fixed this week?

Posted by: slyness | March 17, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Ai Ch...

Oops, not the best phrase for commenting on that article.

Oy vey!

That's better.

RDP, I'll see yer green bagels and raise you green doughnuts (even glazed!) from the cafeteria.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to omni I found myself humming "Ken Lee" to myself last weekend. The original son is bad enough but the bulgarified version takes the trophy as a bad tune cootie.

Posted by: shrieking denizen | March 17, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it strange how things string together somehow? Frosti, I almost posted my grasshopper pie recipe last week and didn't? And even tho I've no irish blood that I know of (english/scot/swede), that Irish Greeting "May the wind always blow at your back" was on a little metal plaque, given to us by my Aunt Dahlia for our very first house, years ago.

Funny how things connect, sometimes.

Posted by: VintageLady | March 17, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

What I've always thought was needed at the White House are paintball guns for the press corps. When the administration spokesfolks dodge a question, the press shoots yellow. When they lie, the reporters fire red balls. For presidential press conferences the prez stands behind a clear plex shield, and when the shield is so obscured that GWB can no longer be seen, the presser is over. Oh, and Helen Thomas gets first and last shot.

Posted by: kurosawaguy | March 17, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

frostbitten,
My retired neighbors with a fully-stuffed garage were accumulating potted plants on the driveway. Then they built a pool and the whole lot moved to the back yard. The tree-covering blue-flowered vine is a bit scary.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 17, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

It is a good day to be GREEN folks.I have on a few green items,using a green pen,going to hang some green lights.I think I may have a lime for lunch.

Happy St. Patricks Day all.

Green is always good,but it is exceptionally good today!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | March 17, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I only own one green shirt, mentioned once in a previous boodle. A somewhat shiny silk long sleeved shirt. I consider this shirt to nice to wear to the office. If any one asks why I'm not wearing green I just "I've got my green underwear on."

And all the talk of pie on friday somehow gave me a tune cootie of song about pineapple wine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rmabgcMtPQ

http://www.justsomelyrics.com/1724182/Dr-Goodsize-Pineapple-Song-Lyrics

I know, I have a strange mind.

Posted by: omni | March 17, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

PAGING VINTAGE LADY! Post your pie recip forthwit!!!!!!!

TBG AND I BEG YOU!

Stay tuned for a Pi-Pie roundup. Soonish; or latish but shall happen.

Posted by: College Parkian | March 17, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

SCC: Throw a say in front of my quote.

Posted by: omni | March 17, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm attired in orange, in honour of my Grandfather. My Mom always told me not to wear green on St. Pat's day, and not knowing why, I didn't question her. Long after she died, I found out about Papa's religous affiliation.

Posted by: jack | March 17, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

OK, CP,

Grasshopper Pie

Crust:
1 1/2 C. chocolate wafer crumbs
4 T. butter
2 T. sugar

Filling:
1/2 C. milk
34 large marshmallows
1 1/2 C. whipping cream
3 T. Creme de Menthe (green)
3 T. Creme de Cacao

Mix crust ingredients and form pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool. Melt marshmallows in 1/2 C. milk in double boiler. Cool completely. Whip cream then add liquers. Pour all into shell and refrigerate 3 hours before serving.

Enjoy...

Posted by: VintageLady | March 17, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I've now backboodled enough to see no one has mentioned it yet: Who watched the HBO miniseries starter on "John Adams" last night? I thought it was quite good. As it happens, Adams (I almost referred to him as JA, but saw that it could quickly get confusing around here) is a hero of mine, every since I read Page Smith's excellent "A New Age Now Begins" mega-history several decades ago. With all due respect to David McCulloch, Smith is *the* quintisential Adams biographer. Be that as it may, I thought the show and casting were very good, despite initial misgivings. When I saw the cast, I couldn't figure out who David Morse could possibly play well, but he turns out to be a pretty good Washington. And much as I like Tom Wilkinson, whom at first I thought might play Washington, but turns out to be a dandy Ben Franklin. Laura Linney is superb of course (one expects nothing else). I've always liked Giamatti, but he took a little getting used to as Adams. But I'm OK with him. Jefferson seems a bit subdued and...well, effete?....something, though. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | March 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

my grandmother of scottish descent always made my mother wear orange on st. patty's day.

Posted by: L.A. lurker | March 17, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

(when she was a kid, of course)

Posted by: L.A. lurker | March 17, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't get HBO, but I was interested in seeing that.

bc

Posted by: bc | March 17, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

VintageLady... hope you can make it to McCormick & Schmick's on Wednesday night. Short hop from the Vienna Metro, you know!

We'd love to meet you.

Posted by: TBG | March 17, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Back from the land of the sirens, and I did fold that fitted sheet. Not good, but passable.

Mudge, I'm so glad to hear from you. I hope you get to talk from home too. We miss you.

I have on blue today. I don't think I own a green blouse, sweater or any of that. I have the sweater on because it is a bit nippy outside. I'm going to find a cute little pin and put that on.

The g-girl never showed up. She's at the hospital this morning in the emergency room. I called her mom, and they're checking her for strep throat. I'm going to check her out and find out what is going on.

Talk to you later, hopefully.

Posted by: cassandra s | March 17, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

cassandra, g-girl's in my thoughts and best wishes are headed her way. *HUGS*

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 17, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

New kit. Joel's prolific today.

Posted by: Dave of the Coonties | March 17, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

TBG

I'd enjoying meeting you all, too, and although my husband & I sometimes use metro for shows, plays & museums in the District, I'm of an age not to go out alone in DC. Do you ever meet in Virginia? I can see the advantage of DC, since so many of you work there, as I used to in the early 1960s....

Curmudgeon,

We watched the first hour of the series, and recorded the second hour for tonight, I thought the performances were all strong. Will be interesting to watch the character of Thomas Jefferson tonight. I think the church scene must have been shot in Bruton Parrish Church, as much of the filming of the series was done in Williamsburg, much to Tim Kaine's delight.

We do not know what happened to the young black witness who spoke for the defense, do we? I am fearful of his fate.

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